Welcoming 2017 with a fresh new face from the movie industry! MNC Pictures just realeased their newest movie, The Professionals, where our January muse got the chance to act alongside Arifin Putra, Fachri Albar, and Lukman Sardi. Meet Melayu Nicole, the 20 year-old model and actress became well-known after her participation in a prestigious beauty pageant, Miss Indonesia in 2015. Her first movie was 3 Dara and the recent one is The Professionals, let’s get to know her more through BOmagz quick conversation last December!
Hi, Melayu. 2017 is finally here, what’s your resolution?
“Eventhough I already starred in several movies, I still think my acting needs to be improved, so I need to learn and hone my skills more. I actually want to explore being a presenter. I find it more challenging being a host in a show or talkshow, because the host has to make the crowds feel the atmosphere of the show, to set their mood.”
To be honest, how do you feel abour your first attempt in the film industry?
“I was so nervous. I felt like I was a new kid around and kind of down because my first attempt in a movie was with Tora Sudiro, Adipati Dolken, and other big names. A bit anxious, too, like what if my acting isn’t good enough to play alongside such names, or what if I did so many mistakes in many scenes.”
But you’ve managed to overcome it and now you played in The Professionals, any difference so far?
“My first movie was 3 Dara and my last movie was Maju Kena Mundur Kena. And fankly speaking, the genres of both were the same; comedy, but what distinguished them were my character in both movies. In my first movie, I had that motherly and mature character, meanwhile in the last movie I starred, my character was more like a rebel.”
“There’s always the hard part of being an actress, but getting familiar with the reading process of the storyline and the character helps.”
Tell us about your experience as a beauty pageant participant in the 2015 Miss Indonesia.
“Initially, my mother suggested me to participate, and though I wasn’t sure about the idea of me competing in a beauty pageant, but I signed in in the contest anyway. I always consider myself as tomboy, (I was surprised that) I got a title as ‘Miss Persahabatan’. It felt unreal.”
As a model, what kind of outfit you’d likely pull on daily basis? Your signature style, per se.
“When it comes to style, I have the most casual style ever. I don’t feel the need to follow fashion, I want fashion to follow me. (laughs) I wear eveything I want despite any fashion trends. If I feel like wearing a tee, jeans and a pair of sneakers, then so be it. Also, I’m not afraid to look different.”
Model, actress and presenter; that is quite of a dream job. Any other dream job you want to achieve?
“Working behind the scene seems fun, not that I want to be a director or a producer, but more like an office worker. Truthfully, I always dream about working in an office, in a high and modern looking building. I want have my own desk on with my own laptop, and the office stationaries. I like the idea of working in one place, compare to filming movies, we had to move here and there for different scenes and shots. I don’t know, I just find it amusing. I won’t leave the entertaiment industry, that’s for sure, but the popularity I have now is all temporary. I’m looking for something real. That’s why I take Public Relations major in my school, a major that still relates to showbiz industry, so that means I can still go to work on weekdays, and showbiz-related jobs on weekends.”
An interesting, and might we add, a rare point of view. But being an actress, it also comes with privileges, no?
“I would say I gained more experiences and insights, from acting, modeling, and a lot of things to be discovered. I wish I can explore more about arts besides acting, modeling and presenting. And to be honest, earning money from my own hard work is also a worthy lesson.”
What about hobbies?
“I like cleaning up my apartement. I can’t stand still and I have to always on the move, so that’s why I prefer to spend my time to clean up the house. I also like coloring and drawing. I was about to take the design major, but the schedule wasn’t suitable with mine.”
If you were to describe yourself, what would it sound like?
“I am a complicated girl, so people sometimes find it hard to understand me. Somehow people always misjudge me in the first place. (laughs)”
Writer: Adhinda Latifa
Photographer: Vicky Melly
Stylist: Hilarius Matthew
MUA & Hairdo: Nadia Renata
Videographer: Iqbal Syafei
Digital Imaging: Gigih Wiryana
Graphic Design: Rusdah Ulfa
Wardrobe: TANGAN Official, available at BrandOutlet.co.id